The Well Workplace

Going the Distance for ADA Accommodations: How Far is Too Far?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Nov 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Does the term "reasonable accommodation" give you pause? If so, you aren't alone. Many employers, uncertain of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hesitate to use pre-hire testing, forgoing its benefits in reducing bad hires and workplace injuries in an effort to reduce risk of becoming entangled in the accommodation process. After all, "reasonable" means different things to different people, and getting it wrong in terms of what it means to the EEOC can cause a lot of trouble for your company.

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Laying Down the Law: EEOC and ADA Expectations for Return to Work

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

No employer wants to get on the wrong side of the EEOC and ADA, given the potential legal and financial consequences of running afoul of employment regulations. However, compliance is not always easy to define given the ambiguity present in some areas of these regulations.

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Pre-Employment Physical Abilities Testing: The Devil's in the Details

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A Pre-hire Physical Ability Test (PAT) program works to ensure that workers you hire are well-matched in terms of physical capabilities to the everyday demands of the jobs into which they will be placed. The testing adds a new element of accuracy to the hiring process, reducing bad hires and employee turnover. PAT also increases workplace safety, lowering injury rates among your workers and reducing the steep costs associated with those injuries. These are factors that benefit both your workers and your company's bottom line.

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Should You Look for the Skeletons in Your New Hire's Closet?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring new employees can be risky business, and hiring mistakes are costly. Aside from the cost of replacing a bad hire, which can, by some estimates, rise to as much as five times the person’s salary, a bad hiring decision can leave your company vulnerable to theft or violence, falsification of work histories, experience or credentials, negligent hiring claims, and time wasted on the recruiting, hiring and training process, among other risks. These risks are exactly why pre employment screening has become so prevalent in business today, and background and credit checks are among the more commonly used screening tools.

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Did Swift Transportation Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Oct 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When the nation's fifth largest truckload carrier’s quarterly results fails to meet expectations, people are bound to notice. That's all the more true since long-haul trucking companies are a weather vane and harbinger of future change in the larger economy. A recent online article in the Wall Street Journal cited several reasons for Swift Transportation’s recent financial woes:

  • A customer shift toward long-term contracts that lowered their margins
  • Delayed delivery on new trucks
  • Charges related to accidents and workers' compensation claims
  • Settlement of a gender and age-based discrimination charge filed by the U.S. EEOC
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Is Our Physical Abilities Testing Program Legally Compliant?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Aug 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

As national providers of physical abilities testing, we occasionally get the panicked phone call or email from one of our employer clients asking us what we know about a particular lawsuit or legal case they just read about on the internet. Frankly, I’m glad our clients stay on top of the latest information. In an age of information overload it’s difficult for any single organization to keep up with it all.

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The ADA and Physical Abilities Testing: What You Need to Know

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Physical abilities testing offers employers, especially those in physically demanding industries, an important tool for evaluating the qualifications of potential new employees. However, many employers wonder just how physical ability test programs square with ADA regulations. Can companies use these tests without running afoul of those regulations? The answer is yes, so long as the testing program meets certain standards; when properly designed and used, these programs can even aid in ADA compliance.

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